Do not call me an
. Rather, call me an
.Come along with me through this paper and I’ll show you why.My alarm about Islam began on 9/11. Before then, like most Americans, I had no strongopinions about Islam. I stood on my rooftop watching the Twin Towers send plumes of black smoke into the air and later that day breathed in little white particles of incineratedpeople – my fellow citizens. It felt as if an evil hand were reaching across my great city,determined to squeeze the life out of it. That’s when I began to educate myself aboutIslam.Like many Americans, I’d prefer to believe that Islam has the same ethics of love, peace,and respect for human life as the Judaism and Christianity with which I am familiar. I’drather not have to be leery of a mass of people that large. With a worldwide populationof something like 1.5 billion Muslims that is growing very fast, it is downright eerie tohave to think that Islam’s values are fundamentally hostile to those of other religions.But, you might object, doesn’t Islam practice godly
, and have the samesublime values and practices of most religions? Yes, there are Muslims who practiceIslam in this way, but they are not following the actual dictates of Islam, which is tospread itself across the globe, with or without the consent of those it conquers.This attitude is based on the life of its founder, Mohammed, the theology of Islam, and itshistory as an empire builder.
The Roots of Islam:
Let’s start with Mohammed, believed by Muslims to be the messenger of Islam and theone and only Perfect Man, the model for all Muslim men. According to a recentlyreleased official booklet put out by the Saudi Wahhabi “Propagation Office,” Mohammedis “the greatest individual in history… and the most mature man” . He is described inthe sweetest of terms: he is “kind-hearted and merciful” [1, p. 10], steadfastly truthful,trustworthy and altruistic, as well as moral and selfless beyond compare.
A Portrait of Mohammed – Stripped of Hype:
The life of Mohammed is known to us through three sources: the Koran, the Hadith (thesayings of Mohammed) and the Suna (notes made about Mohammed’s activities).According to these sources, we have quite a bit of biographical information aboutMohammed. He was born in Mecca around 570 C.E., the only child of poor parents with